Research by the University of Waterloo commissioned by leading health organizations reveals an excise levy on companies that produce sugary drinks would go far in reducing death, disability, and health care costs. This adds to the growing body of international evidence that supports the health and economic benefits of a sugary drink levy.
The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador has introduced a tax on sugar sweetened beverages with the goal of encouraging residents to make healthier beverage choices. This initiative aligns with recommendations from the World Health Organization, the Canadian Healthy Eating Strategy, Canada’s Food Guide and the position statement from the Canadian Paediatric Society which is supported by the Dietitians of Canada, the Childhood Healthy Living Foundation (formerly the Childhood Obesity Foundation), Diabetes Canada, and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada
The World Health Organization released their first-ever global tax manual for sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs). The WHO manual highlights the experiences of countries who have successfully implemented the tax, including Mexico, South Africa, and the United Kingdom.